Finding replacements for your favorite styles can be grueling and other times impossible. If it’s boots you are looking for this season and over-the-knee is your preference than the world is your oyster. If you are looking for a simple to-the-knee boot with a 2″-3″ tapered heel then you might be out of luck.
There are styles in my wardrobe that I consider wardrobe staples regardless of what is trending. In fact I depend on certain classic pieces to keep my life easy. For example a white button-down shirt is never out of style, right? And basic cardigans in great fabrications are a no-brainer. But what happens when the staples that we depend on are simply not available?
Trends and the celebrities that wear them have changed the retail landscape. No longer do buyers control the wheel of fashion’s destiny but rather it’s the influencers—the celebrities and the gigantic manufacturing machine that cranks out an over abundance of product with little regard for quality (sigh). The over abundance of inventory only makes the hunt for specific well-made styles that much more painful.
My wardrobe is in pretty good shape. I have my fall coats, sweaters, rain boots, trousers, skirts and dresses. What I needed was to replace a pair of Aquatalia short-heeled boots in black—no fringe, no grommets, no hardware. My Aquatalia boots and I have had a good run and we have been together for a dazzling six years. Unfortunately, the suede has worn thin in a few places and cannot be repaired. Making note of the expiration date of these essential toe-toppers, I searched online for something similar to replace them. It didn’t go well.
In the event you haven’t noticed, the “it” boot happens to be the over-the-knee boot of which I am not a fan which is not to say that they have no place in the wardrobe of others. And the other style of boot which is still trending is the ankle boot which I like but I don’t like to wear them with skirts and dresses. A knee boot is perfection. They stop just below the knee where they sometimes just grace the hemline of my skirts and dresses, or other times when my hemline hits just a little shorter (just above my knees) a hint of skin is exposed.
I understand and appreciate that styles change. It’s wonderful to watch the evolution of fashion. And boots have certainly become a style mavens must have since the 60s. The ankle length go-go boot, the chunky heel boot, the moon boot, the slouch boot, the cowboy boot, the fringe boot, the second skin boot, the platform boot, the open-toed boot, the ankle boot and now the over-the-knee boot. Somewhere on the list is everyones’ favorite. Sadly, this fall I will have to sit it out and try to hang onto my Aquatalia boots for one more year because over-the-knee is not for me.